An All-Time Great Has Died

RIP: Running Legend, Three-Time Olympic Champion And Former World Record Holder Peter Snell Has Died At 80 Years Old Snell is the only man to win the 800m and 1,500m at the same Olympics in the last 99 years. In total, he had three Olympic golds and set world records at at 800 (1:44.3 on a grass track), 1k (2:16.6) and mile (3:54.1).
*MB: Peter Snell Has Died

Zatopek 10,000m *Results

Stewart McSweyn Runs 27:23.80 To Break Australian 10,000m Record At Zatopek 10,000m Former NCAA XC champ Patrick Tiernan was runner-up with 27:31.20. Genevieve Gregson (formerly LaCaze) won the women’s race in 32:47.83.

Important Doping News

Sprint News Of Note 

Distance News

Doping News: WADA Drops The Ban Hammer On Russia

Russia Gets Four Year Ban – Will Miss 2020 Olympics And 2022 World Cup The ban has been handed down by WADA and RUSADA still has 21 days to appeal. And as it was previously, Russian athletes who can prove they are clean can compete as neutral athletes.

Euro XC Champs *Results *Race Replays

Russian Doping News

Will World Athletics Act?

Updated NY Times Study Shows Next Vaporflys Are Even Better Than They Thought An analysis of more than 1 million results on Stava show that “in a race between two marathoners of the same ability, a runner wearing these shoes would have a significant advantage [2=3%] over a competitor not wearing them.”
*MB: NYT: Vaporfly gives “bigger advantage than we thought”

The Irish Times’ “Global Sports Star Of 2019”: Vaporfly

Sunday Road Action

Seb Coe Talks And We Listen

LRC Sebastian Coe Shares His Vision For The Future, Explains Diamond League Cuts, & Says Track & Field Has “A Lot Of Work To Do” In The US Last month, Seb Coe spent 45 minutes discussing the Diamond League and his vision for the sport with LetsRun.com. Find out what he said here.
*TFN’s Garry Hill: Thoughts On The Diamond League Contraction Hill is for change but thinks if 4 events are going to be cut they should rotate the events.

Better Running Shoes

LRC The 10 Most Popular Running Shoes On LetsRun.com Before we do our final call of shoe reviews in 2019, we decided to take a look at what shoes are the most popluar on LetsRun. Four shoe lines dominant, the Nike Pegasus, the Brooks Ghost, the HOKA Clifton and the Saucony Kinvara. These four might be a great place to start when looking for a new pair of shoes.

US News Mainly From Oregon

Weekend Road Action

Voting Now Open – 64 Races … 32 Remain … 1 Champion

LRC Race Of The Decade, First Round Recap: Kenenisa Bekele’s 2019 Berlin Win Defeats Yuki Kawauchi’s 2018 Boston Win In Controversial Fashion, Plus Des Linden Takes Down Shalane Flanagan The first round of December Madness – LetsRun.com’s 64-race battle for RACE OF THE DECADE – is in the books and the action was spectacular. The matchup between the GOAT – Kenenisa Bekele and his win in Berlin in 2019 – and the people’s champ in Yuki Kawauchi and his 2018 Boston win is a battle that track and field fans will be talking about for decades as it featured a controversial finish and was decided by a single vote. In another instant classic, Des Linden‘s 2018 Boston victory knocked off Shalane Flanagan and her 2017 NYC win.

LRC What Was The Race Of The Decade? Round Of 32 Voting Now Open Some of the 2nd round matchups are salivating. Which was a better race – Kenenisa Bekele‘s Great North Run win in 2013 or his 2:01:41 2019 Berlin Marathon shocker? What about Mo Farah and Galen Rupp going 1-2 in the Olympics versus Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs going 1-2 at Worlds?  How does this year’s historic women’s 1,500 final at Worlds compare to the 2016 Olympics men’s 1,500 final? Or what about the 2019 world’s women’s 400 vs. the 2016 Olympic women’s 400?

Links That We Found Interesting

Our Weekly Recap

WTW: Katelyn Tuohy Three-Peats, Pacemaker Wins Abu Dhabi, Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers Galore Katelyn Tuohy won her 3rd-straight NXN title. What does that mean for her future success? Plus a pacemaker won $100,000 in Abu Dhabi and there were a TON of Olympic Trials qualifiers at CIM.

Vaporfly / Russian Doping / Administrative News

Tokyo 2020 Marathon News